3.5 out of 5 3.5
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Price-leading, hugely desirable SUV, for families

Dacia Duster Estate (13-18) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £9,290 - £18,235
Used price £2,470 - £15,395
Used monthly cost From £62 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £30 - £290
Insurance group 5 - 12 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Incredibly cheap to buy
  • Two- or four-wheel drive
  • Lots of interior space

CONS

  • Base models don't have air-con
  • Some interior plastics fragile
  • Not the cheapest to run

Dacia Duster Estate rivals

Skoda
Yeti
4.4 out of 5 4.4

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We like the Duster. It’s great value, based on well-proven technology, and is very family friendly

The Dacia Duster was the Romanian company’s first model to arrive in the UK in 2013 – it’s also still hugely possible following its 2016 facelift.

Available with two- or four-wheel drive, the Duster is a rival to crossovers such as the Skoda Yeti, Suzuki Vitara and Nissan Qashqai. With a compellingly low starting price for the entry-level two-wheel drive version, it undercuts the competition by some margin.

According to the company, it hasn’t had a detrimental effect on the quality, although some plastics feel on the cheap side. At the same time, all but entry-level Access models get plenty of kit as standard.

Dacia Duster: Engine line-up

The Duster is available with a choice of two petrols and one diesel engine – all found elsewhere in various Renault models. All of them can be specified with either two- or four-wheel drive.

There’s a 115hp 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated petrol powering Access and Ambiance models – badged SCe 115, while higher-spec Laureate and Prestige Dusters come with a 125hp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol badged TCe 125.

The former emits between 145g/km and 155g/km of CO2 depending on whether you opt for two- or four-wheel drive, while the turbo petrol emits between 138g/km and 145g/km.

Dacia Duster

The SCe 115 returns 44.1mpg and 41.5mpg in two- and four-wheel drive forms respectively, and the TCe returns a claimed 46.3mpg in 4×2 form, while the 4×4 is thirstier at 44.1mpg.

Opt for a diesel and you get a familiar Renault-sourced 1.5-litre dCi unit producing 110hp which is by far the cleanest and most economical engine in the Duster range, with claimed fuel economy of 64.2mpg for the 4×2 and 60.1mpg for the 4×4. CO2 emissions range from 115g/km to 123g/km. It’s also the only engine available with an automatic gearbox – the rest all feature manual ‘boxes.

Equipment and accessories

One of the main selling points of the Duster, along with being cheap, is the decent kit list. For the entry £8,995 4×2 Access model, potential buyers get 16-inch steel wheels, roof bars, electric front windows, four airbags, emergency spare wheel, height-adjustable steering wheel and remote central locking.

Go up to Ambiance and you get added treats like a radio/CD player with aux-in, Bluetooth and USB connection plus the added practicality of 60/40 split rear seats. The range-topping and expected to be the best-selling Laureate models get the luxuries of air con, 16-inch alloys, electric rear windows, leather steering wheel and trip computer.

Dacia Duster Estate rivals

Skoda
Yeti
4.4 out of 5 4.4